When Pigs Fly What a week it was! The Thanksgiving holiday was a zoo for air travelers. Whether you pigged out or were flying with pigs, it was a beastly scene in the skies. Cattle Class 2.0 One of the top emailed stories of the New York Times over the weekend was a piece by… Read More

Holiday Crush Nov. 25, 2014 If you’re traveling this week – good luck! By the numbers Busiest travel days of the Thanksgiving season, ranked by projected passengers on U.S. airlines:   Nov. 24: 1.88 million. Nov. 25: 2.18 million. Nov. 26: 2.27 million. Nov. 27: 1.36 million. Nov. 28: 1.63 million. Nov. 29: 2.23 million. Nov. 30: 2.61 million. Dec. 1: 2.41 million.… Read More

Declining Expectations Nov. 18, 2014 November marks the one year anniversary of the American Airlines and US Airways merger.Let’s take a look back at all the assurances and promises about ‘synergies’, and see if the merger was indeed “fantastic for the traveling public,” as gushed US Airways CEO, Doug Parker a year ago. Promise No. 1: “Travelers will benefit… Read More

Stand Up, Before You Sit Down Your Rights A to Z Nov. 11, 2014 Air travel is more stressful than ever. There are more cancellations, tarmac delays, and passenger horror stories than ever. Photo: Juliette Borda An airline passenger’s worst nightmare is hearing the announcement, “Your flight has been canceled”, or “Your luggage will not… Read More

Better Late Than Never  Nov. 4, 2014 Jetting to Europe and worried about delays? A screen displays delayed flights at Gatwick Airport Unlike in the U.S., airlines in Europe are now required by law to pay passengers in cash for prolonged flight delays.   Last Friday’s ruling by the European Court of Justice that flights… Read More

    Stocking Stuffers Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Delta Airlines was one of the first to hike fares last week, despite falling fuel prices.  Alberto Riva The major airlines in the U.S. reported their earnings last week, and they are staggering. If you thought lower fuel prices would lead to lower airfares, think again. What Goes Up,… Read More

         F Minus                                Tuesday, October 21, 2014 What could be worse than economy class? “Economy Minus”!  A U.S. legacy airline is shopping around the idea of an “economy minus” cabin in a move to a new four-tier cabin… Read More

   Ebola:        The Plane Facts          Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Nervous.  Newark Airport, Oct. 4, 201   That’s where many of us find ourselves.    Whether we’re boarding a plane or simply traveling through an airport. We are a nation that feels a bit on edge.   Ebola was… Read More

It’s not your imagination. Airline seats are shrinking. A wave of air-rage incidents has exposed the problem like a threadbare economy class seat on an aging puddle jumper. “Airlines are aggressively reducing seat and passenger space to squeeze more revenue out passengers, despite health and safety being threatened,” says Paul Hudson, president of FlyersRights.org, an… Read More